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Amazing Vegan Walnut Taco Meat

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan taco meat is a great plant-based option to boost your protein and still get your taco fix. Works great in any mexican dish by swapping out traditional “taco meat” with this recipe.


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Place walnuts in medium bowl, add 2 teaspoon lemon juice and enough water to cover. 
  2. Let soak overnight for at least 8 hours. If you don’t have that much time, you can do flash soaking (see notes below)
  3. Drain and rinse well. Place the drained walnuts, tamari, and spices into a food processor.
  4. Pulse until the walnuts are chopped and look like ground (minced) meat. 
  5. Taste and add more spices if desired. 
  6. Store in airtight container until ready to assemble tacos.


Flash soaking nuts: boil 2 cups of water and pour over walnuts with a squeeze of lemon juice. Allow to soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour and continue making the recipe. Please note that flash soaking does destroy some of the nutrients in the walnuts. 

  • Category: meals
  • Method: Soak
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: vegan taco meat